Reflection (2015)

For solo piano (and solo dancer)
Choreography by Katarzyna Skarpetowska
Duration: 7.5 minutes (9 minutes with dance)

Commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation for Periapsis Music and Dance

World premiere: February 18-19, 2016
GK ArtsCenter, Brooklyn
Jonathan Howard Katz, piano; Michaela Catherine McGowan, dancer

This work is available for retail purchase from Theodore Front Musical Literature.
This work is available for institutional purchase from Harrassowitz (OttoEditions) and Theodore Front Musical Literature.

Program note: This collaboration with choreographer Kate Skarpetowska was part of The Portrait Project, by Periapsis Music and Dance. It explored the possibilities of one dancer and one musician together on stage, and in Reflection the musician was me, at the piano. Kate envisioned the dancer and me as reflections of each other embodying the creative process. After a silent duet around the piano bench, the music begins in the spirit of a Baroque improvisation before settling into an off-kilter waltz. There’s a fin-de-siècle sense of virtuosity here, channeling the so-called golden age of piano playing. The waltz is abrupty cut off at its climax, to be replaced by a thoughtful passacaglia. When presented fully staged, the dancer and pianist switch places at the very end to consummate their doppelgänger-ness.

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